Of­fi­cers kill man fir­ing gun out­side Cobb apart­ments

Mo­tive and sus­pect’s con­nec­tion to the com­plex in­ves­ti­gated.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - METRO - By John Spink jspink@ajc.com and Chelsea Prince Chelsea.prince@ajc.com

A man who ran­domly fired sev­eral shots out­side a Cobb County apart­ment com­plex was shot and killed by po­lice Fri­day morn­ing when he made “a deadly threat” to of­fi­cers, po­lice said.

Sev­eral peo­ple called 911 to re­port the gun­fire out­side the Wal­ton on the Chat­ta­hoochee apart­ments in the 6600 block of Ak­ers Mill Road. Cobb po­lice re­sponse was swift, spokes­woman Of­fi­cer Sarah O’Hara told The At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion.

“Be­cause of the sever­ity and the num­ber of shots-fired calls that came in, ob­vi­ously this area was flooded with of­fi­cers,” she said.

As a re­sult, Ak­ers Mill Road be­tween Pow­ers Ferry Road and Cum­ber­land Boule­vard was closed at 6:40 a.m. It did not re­open un­til the in­ves­ti­ga­tion wrapped up seven hours later.

Call­ers told emer­gency dis­patch the man was ran­domly fir­ing shots in the park­ing lot. Po­lice have not con­firmed the num­ber of shots, but O’Hara said re­spond­ing offi- cers found dam­age to prop­erty, build­ings and ve­hi­cles.

Po­lice have not said if the man, who has not been iden­ti­fied, died at the scene or some­where else.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors are work­ing to de­ter­mine the mo­tive and the man’s con­nec­tion to the apart­ment com­plex, O’Hara said.

PHO­TOS BY JOHN SPINK / JSPINK@AJC.COM

Po­lice of­fi­cials work the scene af­ter a man ran­domly fired sev­eral shots out­side a Cobb County apart­ment com­plex. Of­fi­cers then shot and killed him Fri­day morn­ing when he made “a deadly threat” to the of­fi­cers.

Ak­ers Mill Road be­tween Pow­ers Ferry Road and Cum­ber­land Boule­vard was closed around 6:40 a.m. af­ter the shoot­ing.

A Cobb County po­lice of­fi­cer stands be­hind a bal­lis­tics shield and near a hand­gun out­side the Wal­ton on the Chat­ta­hoochee apart­ment com­plex on Ak­ers Mill Road.

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